Paper Title

[1.2] Queer Fashion as Resistance

Location

IB 1007

Start Date

January 2020

End Date

January 2020

Disciplines

Gender and Sexuality | History | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Philosophy | Political Science

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

In the media, fashion is widely associated with both consumerism and conformity, and many have questioned whether or not these forces can be resisted by individuals. Fashion has been used as a symbol of resistance and individuality by many subcultures around the world, including the queer community. Queer people have been using fashion as a tool of resistance throughout history, subverting cisgender, heterosexual norms through their dress. This group has reported feeling marginalized by mainstream clothing brands, and has used clothing in a symbolic manner in order to tell alternate stories and celebrate non-normative identities. Marginalized bodies are not included in mainstream discussions of fashion, yet queer fashion has created space for people of colour, people of size, trans and gender non-conforming people, and other individuals within the LGBTQ+ community. Queer fashion has acted as a tool of social resistance through its subversive response to marginalization, its use of symbols, and the ways in which it strengthens queer community.

Keywords: Fashion, gender, queer, LGBTQ+

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[1.2] Queer Fashion as Resistance

IB 1007

In the media, fashion is widely associated with both consumerism and conformity, and many have questioned whether or not these forces can be resisted by individuals. Fashion has been used as a symbol of resistance and individuality by many subcultures around the world, including the queer community. Queer people have been using fashion as a tool of resistance throughout history, subverting cisgender, heterosexual norms through their dress. This group has reported feeling marginalized by mainstream clothing brands, and has used clothing in a symbolic manner in order to tell alternate stories and celebrate non-normative identities. Marginalized bodies are not included in mainstream discussions of fashion, yet queer fashion has created space for people of colour, people of size, trans and gender non-conforming people, and other individuals within the LGBTQ+ community. Queer fashion has acted as a tool of social resistance through its subversive response to marginalization, its use of symbols, and the ways in which it strengthens queer community.

Keywords: Fashion, gender, queer, LGBTQ+